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Vanilla Sugar-Crusted Scones

Vanilla Sugar-Crusted Scones
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1 Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean
3 cups380 g all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 cup65 g sugar
1/2 teaspoon1/2 teaspoon salt
6 oz.170 g (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 egg
2 teaspoons2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract (or Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract)
1 cup240 ml (or less) whipping cream
1/2 cup100 g sugar
4 oz.115 g (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Position an oven rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F200 degrees C. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds into a bowl; discard the bean. Combine the flour, baking powder, 1/3 cup65 g sugar and the salt in a food processor container and process for 10 seconds.

Add equal amounts of the butter in three stages to the dry ingredients and process for 6 to 8 seconds per addition; the dough should have a slightly coarse texture. Place the dough in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the center. Add the egg, vanilla extract, 3/4 cup180 ml of the cream and the vanilla seeds. Stir with a fork 10-14 times awhile turning the bowl. Knead five or six times; the dough should hold together. Add enough of the remaining cream to reach the desired consistency if the dough does not hold together or seems dry.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup100 g sugar on a work surface. Turn the dough onto the sugar work surface and knead gently so the dough holds together. Let rest for 3 to 5 minutes. Divide the dough into two discs 1 inch3 cm thick and 6 inches15 cm to 8 inches20 cm in diameter. Cut into wedges. Place the scones on the prepared pans. Brush with the butter. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes or until brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

Makes 1 to 1 1/2 dozen

A Marcy Goldman BetterBaking.Com Original Recipe for Nielsen- Massey.

Note: To experiment with a different flavor profile, try our Mexican or Gourmet Vanilla Beans. To replace the Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans, simply use the same amount of the Mexican or Gourmet Vanilla Beans.

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